Basil (exotic)

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Latin names: Ocimum basilicum var basilicum methylchavicoliferum
French names: Basilic exotique, Basilic tropical, Basilic indien, Basilic à méthylchavicol, Pistou à méthylchavicol
Other English names: Indian Basil, Tropical Basil
Extracted from: leaves
 
  • Fearful and shy with tied solar plexus: Clear off or I'll call Basil!
  • To stop the hiccups: lick one drop of essential oil off your hand. It will save you an osteopathy session after failing at drinking a glass of water upside down! 
  • To remember your own strength and to sacrifice yourself less for other people, gently massage the solar plexus area with one drop of essential oil every day for a month, and smell the oil every time you realise you're conceding to this disadvantageous attitude.
 
This section deals with a botanical description and the legends and is common to both species.
 
So many of us, readers, have a basil plant on the windowsill or in the garden and often eat it in salad, pasta etc... that describing the plant would be insulting. We could maybe encourage each other to just watch this leave on our plate (just move it around a bit, don't be afraid!) and notice that its leaves bear small vesicles on both sides. Let's turn it around because it's true that you can see them more easily from below. They are filled with essential oil and give basil that particular taste when you chew it, whereas when you only lick it, there is far much less tasteful.
 
Basil is a little reigning king in the family of Lamiaceae (Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary etc.), all these plants that end up on our plates or in our closets as bottles of essential oil eventually.
 
It is a small plant, but it has a high opinion of itself. Its name comes from the Greek "basilikon" which means "royal". The Greek root of its scientific name is "ocis" (which means "quick, prompt") because it grows really fast if the conditions are favourable. "Tulsi" (Hindu name) means unique. Everything about him is clear with this.
 
Its large torso (look how bent the leaves are when it goes well!) does not prevent its fragility, however. Too much or not enough sun makes it wither. Too much or not enough water and it withers too. What basil does is not half done. Besides, when it begins to wither, it literally dies. On the hand, though, how fast can it grow when it goes well!
 
Mythology about basil is generally not about sweetness and it is always linked to strength and power. Long before being a small plant, "Basilik" was a dragon which caused death with a single glance. No, it surely does not do things half. He is put on the deads' chest to help them find the way. (There are many other essential oil here that one can put a drop of in order to find their way through life ... It could be even more interesting.) In fact (isn't it reassuring?!), the Indians put a drop of basil oil on their chest to sleep well.
 
Probably not much more reassuring is the tradition of putting decapitated heads in jars to grow basil. Sicilian women used it in a more romantic way. They took their basil jars away from the edge of the windows to let their fiancé know that it was all clear.
 
India, where Gedane's oils come from, connects basil to Vishnu and Krishna. Krishna's lover, Tulsi, was turned into basil. Homer and the Greeks created a "European" mythology largely inspired by the Indian one with semi-gods who are turned into plants by the Gods themselves whenever they are angry, or jealous etc. And the gods must always be somewhere between the leaves of the plant of which necklaces are made for divine protection.
 
Diminishes fears.
Helps to prioritise.
Stimulates in order to be more active and tonic.
Reminds you of your ego. (Ego-booster!)
Leads to meeting your true self.
Helps to bond again with instincts and pleasure.
Gives a better image of self.
Reduces the tendency to sacrifice yourself for others.
 
Spasmolytique, Antispasmodique
Tonifiant, Tonique, Stimulant
Digestif, Apéritif
Antitumoral, Anticancéreux (Adjuvant)
Cholérétique, Stimule la production de bile
Carminatif, Facilite l’expulsion de gaz intestinaux
Antinauséeux, Antivomitif
Antihalitosique, Combat la mauvaise haleine
Régulateur du pancréas
Décongestionnant prostatique
Galactogène, Stimulateur de la sécrétion lactée
Emménagogue, Stimule l’arrivée des règles
Antiprurique, Antiprurigineux, Combat les démangeaisons
Antidote traditionnel aux morsures de serpents
Ballonnements, Gaz intestinaux, Crampes intestinales
Douleurs et crampes de menstruations, Syndrome prémenstruel
Fatigue générale, Coup de pompe, Surmenage
Digestion lourde, Indigestion, Repas copieux, Manque d’appétit
Cancer, Métastases, Affections précancéreuses, En soutien au traitement antitumoral
Insuffisance de sécrétion biliaire, Repas gras
Nausées de voyage, Nausées de grossesse, Vomissements
Hoquet
Mauvaise haleine, Halitose
Prostatisme, Hyperplasie bénigne de la prostate, Congestion prostatique
Manque de lait, Montée de lait insuffisante
Aménorrhée, Manque de règles
Démangeaisons, Prurit, Piqûres d’insectes

Stimulates Pitta's ego
Anchors Kapha to the ground
Alleviates Vata's apprehension

Phenol methyl ethers (methyl chavicol 30-90%, 0.5-2% methyl eugenol)
Monoterpene alcohols (linalool 0.5-15% (up 40%), citronellol, fenchol)
Ketone: None
Furanocoumarins: none
 

        Batch BAS2001/118  (PDF, 156 Ko, French)

Slightly dermocaustic for people with sensitive skin and for some rare other people.
Keep out of reach of children.
Children and pregnant women: no contraindication within physiological dosage.
 
Gedane
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